photo by Harrison Linsey
Sam Jones, based in New York City, is a trumpeter and composer specializing in the development of new trumpet repertoire, live electronics, improvisation and contemporary music.
Sam has performed at the Lincoln Center Festival, the Helsinki Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Darmstadt Courses for New Music, and at the inaugural Biennial of the New York Philharmonic. More recently, he has performed with The Florida Orchestra, Ensemble musikFabrik, and La Monte Young. Sam was the trumpet player for the world premiere recording of Charles Wuorinen's "It Happens Like This." He is a specialist in Karlheinz Stockhausen's music.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Florida, Sam began his studies at a young age with Carolyn Wahl and Rob Smith, both members of the Florida Orchestra. As his musical pursuits became more serious through high school, he won the National Trumpet Competition and later studied at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. While an undergraduate student at Juilliard, his interest in live electronics and improvisation earned him a fellowship at the Future Music Lab, a collaboration with IRCAM.
In addition to modern trumpet, Sam also performs on baroque trumpet and is an advocate for historical performance practice. He appears frequently as soloist and principal trumpet with Juilliard415.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, his teachers include Mark Gould, John Thiessen, Edward Carroll and Mari Kimura.